Friday, January 29, 2021

Khind 3-in-1 Hand Blender Midori Series BH600M - Unboxing and Review

My first video on YouTube. Recorded and edited by Darren using iMovie. Are a lot of 10 year-olds this tech-savvy? Yes. Yes they are.


I was looking for a good chopper/blender which comes in all-in-one kind of package deal, and after searching around in Lazada, I had my eyes on the Khind 3-in-1 Hand Blender Midori Series BH600M. I tried to find reviews for it but there were practically none. Maybe this model is considered new in the market? I don't know. So after having it in my cart for weeks, I finally got it for a good price of RM83.99 at Lazada. Yippee!

So, to help others make decisions easier, I made this unboxing, mini tutorial and review video.

In my opinion as a moderate home cook, this rocks. It chops, blends and whisks.. I like the all-in-one deals. It has a strong motor. Few seconds of chopping does the trick. And it comes in my favourite colour. Mint! Yep, it's minty to me!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Windsor Chair

 Sometimes I feel guilty of my materialistic desires. Like this windsor chair. I had always liked it since many years ago. Then recently, I watched the popular Korean drama Start-Up and in Dal-mi's room, I saw it. Oh, the memories of the desire came back.

But first, I had to find out the specific name of the chair. Without it, I'd be looking for a needle in a haystack. I remembered I had a scrapbook with a brochure picture cut-out of this chair and I found that it was from franc franc, a home furnishing and lifestyle concept store which had an outlet in Singapore long time ago. From that website, I found that it's called the windsor chair. YAY, I have my first lead!

With that specific product name, the world is yours. I first teased myself with Lazada. And my heart jumped when I saw this.

My heart jumped because at that time it was a few days before the 11.11 sale. And the price was slashed to RM264.75, and shipping was RM4.60. I wanted it so much but I made a stupid decision to wait. I wasn't in a rush, I thought. then AFTER 11.11, the price went back to the original. Instant regret? Yes.

Not knowing when is the next slash, I went to good 'ol Taobao. It did not disappoint me. About RM186. 

So I engaged trusty Eazyla as the agent to order the chair, along with some fabric. I think I was so excited that I didn't ask if it is flat-packed. That would lower the shipping cost, and with that price of RM186, I was prepared for another RM100 for shipping, and it would still be cheaper than the Lazada's RM491.80.

Or so I thought!! Well, the shipping came back to RM255. By sea. After negotiation and discount. Eazyla's customer service is really good I must say. They respond fast and always find a way to help you, even in reducing the shipment costs.

Fast forward 4 weeks later, it arrived!

I felt stupid. Why did I waste my precious money on this chunk of a junk.
Then I opened the box and see this.

Maybe not a junk after all.  Was it worth it? I don't know, maybe. But it was a lesson learnt. Be very patient when hunting for treasures online. Why? Because the price was slashed again in Lazada! Huhu..

Love the chair... you'll be seeing more of it as my prop.

ps. It is actually very sturdy and solid, good quality!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Daiso Cement Concrete Try-out

 Who would've expected that Daiso sells cement huh. I didn't.

Available in small 600g packaging, it is for minor repair work for homes, and also for craft enthusiasts. So fun!

So I got one packet of the 'Easy Finish Cement' to try on my moulds.

Looks clean and fine. Of course, be careful when handling cement as it has very fine particles that easily fly around in the air even with a small stir, so wear a mask if you are sensitive to the fine particles.

I poured roughly a cup of water and mixed with the cement thoroughly. If it is too thick, pour a bit more water. The consistency here is like medium where if you lift up the spoon, the cement mix can still drip but not like watery drip.

After stirring slowly towards the end of the mixing, make sure there are less air bubbles popping out from the surface. Then pour into your moulds. For one whole pack, I could make these 3 items. Use a leveller to make sure the curing surface is even.

This is the result after 2 days of letting it dry in the mould.

Further dried after another day or two.

Not bad! The quality is good for craft projects like these. 

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Handmade bags

 First attempt at sewing a bag with round bottom. 

Here's how I made the round bottom bag, template and instructions by The fabric I used here is from IKEA, it's from an old collection and no longer available. I think it suits this bag shape.

I also made a slight modification to the template and made a similar bag but with straight lines instead of curved sides, and not with round bottom but a regular gusset I usually make.

This is a nice bag to make as gifts but I realised I don't have fabric that is big enough to make a whole bag in one piece. This is because I usually buy fabric in half yards or fat quarters, I'm cheapskate like that. 
The only option I have is to make patchwork or halves type. We'll see...